My brother sent me an interesting article about a drug called Qnexa that is about to come on the market. The company that makes it, Vivus Inc, claims that Qnexa, which combines the appetite suppressant phentermine and anti-seizure drug topiramate, helped patients lose at least 10 percent of their weight after a year of treatment.
You can read the rest of the article here: U.S. Advisers Back Experimental Obesity Pill
So here is what I have to say about this…..
If you read the article, it is basically discussing the fact that this drug has already been rejected by the FDA two years ago, but a panel of outside experts called the “US health advisors” (whoever these people are and represent) recommend approving the drug despite the many potential side effects such as heart attacks and birth defects, because there are just too many obese people and something needs to be done about it.
So, if the FDA does what it is usually does and follows the recommendations of this panel – the “US Health Advisors” (whoever these people are and represent)…this drug will be available sometime in April.
Who cares what the FDA approves and what they don’t approve anymore? They have approved drugs that have killed many people and will continue to approve many, many more dangerous drugs…..why not approve a drug like this one?
What difference does it make?
Slap a label on the bottle listing all the possible side effects (like death) and leave it up to those who decide that it is worth the risk.
At some point, we, Americans, have to take responsibility for ourselves and our own lives and forget about what the FDA “approves” of and what they don’t “approve” of.
In my opinion, the FDA is just another federal agency that gets millions (maybe even billions) of dollars “budgeted” to them and who really knows where that money is being spent.
Based on the little that I know about the government, I would bet the majority of that money conveniently trickles down to those on the FDA committee that know exactly which drugs to “approve” and which ones they shouldn’t “approve”…….if you know what I mean.
By the way, there was some mention in this article about how the Vivus Inc.’s stock has recently doubled (along with some other drug companies)…….
Yeah, I get it……once that drug goes on the market everybody and their dog is going to want to get hold of a prescription – despite the dangerous side effects…..
But, aren’t you tired of listening to the government claim to “try” and save people from themselves?
I’ll give you a way to save people from themselves……
Stop making it so hard to make a living.
How ’bout that idea?
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